Thompson + Pollari

Navajo Preparatory School
Master Plan, Design Guidelines and Historic Preservation Report

Navajo Preparatory SchoolThe Master Plan for this 83-acre historic boarding school campus was completed in November of 1997, with subsequent work for development of the Design Guidelines, Educational Specification, Infrastructure Report and Historic Preservation Report following in April of 1998.  As of winter 2009, the building program is complete with 7 new structures and site development worth $25 million across the Phase I, II and III projects.

Navajo Preparatory SchoolThe Master Plan created the framework for a 300 student high school on an 83-acre site containing numerous historic buildings. Scope of the $40 million building program includes rehabilitation and renovation of Five historic buildings, total site rehabilitation and construction of sixteen new buildings. Four historic buildings that form the “academic core” of the campus provide space for academic neighborhoods or “houses”. New buildings include the four Phase I dormitories, the Phase II Historic Academic Buildings and Athletic Center, the Phase IIIA Athletic Fields, the IIIB single new dorm, and the IIIC new Student Center which is currently under construction.

Navajo Preparatory SchoolThe site is organized into three primary zones from East to West: the academic campus, the athletics fields/play areas and the agricultural zone, with the new driveway loop and Circle of Life Walkway forming the core of the campus. The Female Hogan was completed and blessed by a Medicine Man during a ceremony on September 19, 2001; it was the first new structure completed for the building program.


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April  - 1998

Key Design Concepts

  • 21st Century Academic “houses” located in rehabilitated historic Foundation Period buildings
  • Female Hogan located at spiritual “center” of the Campus and top of the oval Driveway
  • Circle of Life Walkway defining landscaped core of the campus
  • Dormitories as “framing” elements for Circle of Life Walkway


Ecostructure publication – September 2007